Farhadi dispenses with the cinematic trimmings, and uses handheld cameras and minimal dialogue to masterfully explore modern Iranian society.
The Salesman (فروشنده: Forushande) is a 2016 Iranian drama film directed by Asghar Farhadi, and starring Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti.
The story follows a young Iranian couple living in Tehran, Emad (Hosseini) and Rana (Alidoosti), who have to move into another apartment after theirs becomes damaged.
Once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes their lives, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife. They become embroiled in a life-altering situation.
Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Directed by Asghar Farhadi, who also helmed the Oscar-winning feature A Separation.
The Salesman is a terrific movie that offers complex and resonant storytelling at its finest. Director Asghar Farhadi has a way of making domestic dramas that play out in restrictive apartments endlessly compelling. The third act of the film provides a masterclass in dramatic filmmaking.
The film received critical acclaim upon its release. It is the Iranian submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 89th Academy Awards and was nominated in that category.
Watch the official trailer for The Salesman HERE: